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Meat Beat Manifesto

  • Storm the Studio [Wax Trax, 1989] B+
  • 99% [Mute, 1990] A-
  • Satyricon [Mute, 1992] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Storm the Studio [Wax Trax, 1989]
Bill Burroughs having given the word, these Brit art-schoolers shape two years of 12-inches into four sides of industrial-strength samples and "annihilating rhythm." And though they do sometimes settle for electrodance, the laughs and abrasions keep on coming. B+

99% [Mute, 1990]
Its relentlessness ineluctable rather than sadistic, its pessimism cut with sardonic whimsy, its multistructures pop enough, its electrobeats funky enough, this is dance-industrial that doesn't just seem like a good idea at the time. Whenever things get too skeletal here comes--well, if not one of the preclimaxes dance rats live for, then maybe a laugh line, a tune, a Horace Silver sample. Never before have synthesizers sounded like a well-tempered sheet-metal shop for a whole album at a time. Play loud. A-

Satyricon [Mute, 1992] Dud